July 2020 News

BJP Leader Shot Dead By Terrorists In J&K, His Security Cover Was Missing

8 July 2020
NDTV
Nazir Masoodi

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir BJP leader Sheikh Wasim, his father and brother were killed by terrorists late Wednesday night in the union territory's Bandipore district. J&K Police said Mr Wasim and his family were attacked at around 9 PM while sitting outside a shop near the local police station. All three suffered injuries in the attack and were rushed to Bandipore district hospital, where they were pronounced dead. In a late-night telephone conversation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought details and extended his condolences to Mr Wasim's family, Union Minister Jitendra Singh tweeted. 'Over the telephone, PM Narendra Modi enquired about the gruesome killing of Wasim Bari. He also extended condolences to the family of Wasim,' Mr Singh said. Over the telephone, PM @narendramodi enquired about the gruesome killing of Wasim Bari. He also extended condolences to the family of Wasim. - Dr Jitendra Singh (@DrJitendraSingh) July 8, 2020 'Terrorists fired on BJP worker Wasim Bari at Bandipora. During indiscriminate firing Wasim Bari, his father Bashir Ahmad and brother Umer Bashir got injured and shifted to hospital, but all three succumbed to their injuries,' J&K Police tweeted. *Terrorists fired upon BJP worker Wasim Bari at *Bandipora. During indiscrimnate firing Wasim Bari, his father Bashir Ahmad and his brother Umer Bashir got injured and shifted to hospital but unfortunately all the three *succumbed to their injuries. @JmuKmrPolice - Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) July 8, 2020 The attack, and deaths, are being seen as a major security failure. Mr Wasim was provided with a security detail but none of the eight guards deployed were present when the terrorists attacked. Sources say the guards have been arrested for dereliction of duty and an investigation has been started. 'We are taking a tough (stand) against them for dereliction of duty and failure to protect the life,' Vijay Kumar, IGP Kashmir, said. Doctors at the district hospital said all three men had been shot in the head. 'They had bullet injuries in the head. All three were rushed to hospital where doctors declared them brought dead,' a medical officer said. According to news agency PTI, the terrorists were armed with a revolver (fitted with a silencer) and rode motorcycles. They attacked barely 10 metres from the police station.

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